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Last updated on July 27th, 2017 at 06:18 am
Turning to a lawyer who was present in court, the judge said: “I would urge you to get instructions for an appropriate retraction and apology for all concerned. I will consider after I have seen that what further action should or should not be taken.
“We all have a sense of humour. But there’s a right way and a wrong way of doing this and people who blow in for a short time, send us up unfairly and then scarper are not appreciated.”
His Honour means to say that he is not amused by those who attend briefly, mock proceedings, then quickly leave. Martin is possibly a little over-sensitive. The trial has been entertaining for the contributions of several witnesses who have bravely Spoken Australian to Power. Like truck driver Vince Millar, rescuer of Falconio’s girlfriend Joanne Lees:
“I was just driving along, as you do, and this sheila jumped out in front of my truck. Her hands were together above her head. As she sort of jumped out, it was all very quick … “
Miss Lees then told him that her attacker had had a gun and had held it against her head.
“I was shit scared,” he said.
Well, who wouldn’t be? As The Telegraph reports, her hair was full of “duck tape”. Australians, like most sensible people, are terrified by adhesive mallards. Roadhouse worker Greg Dick testified yesterday that he’d seen Falconio and Lees pull up outside his eatery in their Kombi van:
“I thought it was a load of ferals and I was going to give a mouthful to them,” Mr Dick told the court.
He went inside to make a cup of tea and smoke a cigarette, and saw the couple sitting at an inside table.
“She looked pretty all right, a bit of long hair, neat and tidy,” he said.
“She had this fellow with her, short cropped hair, like Italian, Greek or something.
“You can pick they are foreigners.
”… I didn’t perve on her that hard.”
The trial continues. Big report in The Bulletin this week by Paul Toohey. Out Wednesday.